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Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Pobog Aug 19. 25 Replies

I'm baaaaack for a bit. Some might remember me, I've been gone quite some tims. Long story short, I moved from CBG's to making full size guitars, mostly T-style. Made about 15-20 of them, even sold …Continue

Non-CBG build finished today...

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Pobog Sep 27, 2021. 5 Replies

In process for about 6 months, actually started before I reverted to CBG's. I think you can see some of the influence  from CBG's  that I've continued   to use in my guitar builds. My standard base…Continue

Starting to plan for....

Started this discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 20, 2021. 4 Replies

...a baritone CBG. I have a big square thin box like Shane's and I'm going to try making another successful hardwood/plywood hybrid neck like the one on the Rocky Patel 12-Year cbg I just made.Are…Continue

Rocky Patel mocked up

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jul 31. 8 Replies

Probably about 2 days work left on it, maybe more. Gotta fret, glue on the fretboard, do the wiring fit the tailpiece, string retainer plate, pup, and bridge, then screw it together.This is probably…Continue

 

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Carl Floyd liked James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
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James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Since the whole progect is experimental/developmental, I am not agin' it."
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Paul Craig replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"I agree with Brian. I made my own, but the combo of wood(biscuit) and steel(bridge bolt) works great on reso cones."
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BrianQ. replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Have you thought of using a bolt/biscuit? Scrap piece of hardwood, 5/16” bolt, easy peasy?"
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Paul Craig replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Sorry about the slow response, my email wasn't working for a couple weeks. The Strat-O-Rez guitar sounds great, just like a resonator should. The dull plywood body allows the good ringing tone of the aluminum skillet. Not all dog bowls, can…"
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Paul Craig replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"I put an aluminum 8" skillet in a plywood Strat body a few years ago. Piezo on bottom of skillet, bridge is bolt on top of wood in center of skillet, 2 P90 type pickups, 5-way switch, 500k pots."
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James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Ye4ah, I think that's what I have..."
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Taffy Evans replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Hi, Here is a better view. It's actually for a 12-string guitar... Taff"
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James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Is that a straight claw type tailpiece on the box? I think the sproket looks cool..."
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Taffy Evans replied to James Pobog's discussion Hi everyone. Need some advice plz...
"Hi James, on the last reso I built I was not happy with the acoustic sound so I too experimented, I'll show a few pics of my journey. No real advice from my findings that would help, I don't think, but you may get some ideas. All the…"
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"Will this work?"
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""The timber I was referring to was the part that covered the paint tin lid and sat on the perimeter of the “cone” [paint tin lid] with a bridge in the middle sitting on top of it." MY BAD, THAT WAS JUST MOCK-UP. THE BRASS IS…"
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At 7:58pm on October 11, 2019, Ron Lutz said…

Hi James; thanks for reaching out.  Hopefully these comment will help.  Cool that you are building the baritone, it will surely be great. yes, I find the hollow body approach worthwhile although I am still experimenting with it. My effort is to have an adequate acoustic sound and still keep a relatively slim profile, so I continue to mess with different designs as I would suggest that you also do.  I even retrofitted a broken acoustic guitar with lap steel 4 string board on top and it sounded great.  just doing that gave me some more ideas.  As far as the A headstock I just visually laid it out with the angle hopefully keeping the string alignment reasonably straight.  I suspect there are templates on line by other builders, but so far I like the simplicity of what I am doing now although on a couple 4 stringers I have used a slanted 4 in a row configuration which I also like.  I did make a 4 string baritone lap steel from a water ski and tuned it to C. that works fairly well.  On those I also configure a resonator box to attach to the bottom of the ski, board, and so far have not used volume or tone.  using output jack only again to keep things simple.  Many of the players I build for are perfectly happy with that.  Less to go wrong electronically.  Hope this helps.   Nice to be able to communicate with other builders.  Write again with any other questions or thoughts.

Ron

At 10:28pm on October 10, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Here’s that info about the tuner measurements, the headstock template is in there, scroll down a bit? https://www.buildyourguitar.com/resources/lapsteel/index.htm

At 3:07pm on September 24, 2019, BrianQ. said…
At 4:14pm on September 13, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Saw this & I thought of you? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PHI2jaLzWfY

At 8:00am on September 8, 2019, Poorness Studios said…

I've enjoyed helping you with some of your builds. You've got some good ideas. I think you'll end up being a top notch builder. I sent a friend request too.

At 4:06pm on August 26, 2019, BrianQ. said…

I feel you about the neck, that’s why I recommend Glenn’s video, he shows how super easy it can be if shown properly? Good luck on your builds ;)

At 3:42pm on August 26, 2019, BrianQ. said…

James, you said you had failed at building a cbg some years back. Don’t know what plans you followed, but here’s  a video of the easiest way to build a cbg, he gives all the measurements, plus shows you how in real time? Happy building :)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvfyOizV8&t=991s

 
 
 

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